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The Olin Business School at the Washington University in St. Louis calls for nominations and applications for the position of associate dean and director of the Weston Career Center (WCC). Reporting to the dean, the associate dean will provide strategic direction for the support the WCC and advance goals to further Olin’s rise as one of the preeminent business schools in the nation. She or he will be expected to identify, pro-actively cultivate and establish relationships with leading companies and potential employers worldwide while continually refining current corporate recruiting relationships for undergraduate and graduate students. The associate dean will provide leadership and overall guidance in the operation of the WCC; create and manage state-of-the-art career preparation and recruiting readiness programs for graduate and undergraduate business students and registered non-business students; develop and coordinate programs with associate deans for undergraduate and graduate students to improve student marketability, career path development, and support seamless transitions into, throughout and following education at Olin; and advise and support students and alumni during career transitions.
- Associate Director, Career Advising
- Associate Director, Operations
- Associate Director, Employer Relations
- Communication Lab Manager
- Administrative Secretary
The Olin Business School now awards more than 800 degrees a year in programs taught by 98 full-time faculty members. Over the past decade, the school has doubled its enrollment, faculty size, and its footprint on the Danforth campus through the construction of two new state-of-the-art buildings. Olin continues to develop innovative international offerings as well as executive education programs in multiple major U.S. cities. Once comprised mainly of undergraduate and full-time MBA students, Olin now offers a full range of challenging academic programs: an elite undergraduate program; various specialized master’s programs; full-time, part-time, and executive MBA programs; a PhD program; a DBA in Finance for senior executives, and customized executive education offerings. Olin enjoys a reputation that places it among the top business schools in the nation in a variety of areas, including teaching, research excellence, student placement, and selectivity. Fueling Olin’s growth is the soon-to-be-completed $210 million campaign to provide support for students, faculty, innovative centers and programs, and advanced research facilities. This is part of the university-wide campaign Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University, which was launched in October 2012.
Washington University in St. Louis is a global leader in research and education with approximately 12,500 full-time students divided evenly between undergraduate and graduate/professional, 3,000 full- and part-time faculty members, and more than half a billion dollars in annual research expenditures. Founded in 1853, the university is an independent, Research 1 university with nearly 60 of the university’s graduate and undergraduate programs ranked in the top 25 by US News & World Report. The university’s undergraduate program is currently ranked at 14 overall and seventh in admissions selectivity, and the School of Medicine is number 6 nationally. Washington University attracts students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, and the university offers more than 300 programs leading to bachelors, masters, doctoral, and professional degrees. The university is organized into seven academic units: the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Medicine, the Olin Business School, the Brown School of Social Work, and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the School of Law, and Arts & Sciences. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Provost Holden Thorp lead the university. This dynamic leadership team is among the most experienced and talented in American higher education.
Greater St. Louis is the 19th-largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population of approximately 3 million. Thanks in large part to Washington University, other regional universities, and key Fortune 500 corporations, St. Louis is a national hub for important research and business development, especially in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and science. The Olin Business School is located on the university’s Danforth campus, 10 miles west of downtown St. Louis, and surrounded by a number of vibrant neighborhoods, such as the Central West End and University City’s Delmar Loop. Consistently ranked among the nation's best places to live and raise a family, the St. Louis region offers affordable neighborhoods and high quality schools, in addition to all of the amenities of a major city. The city provides numerous opportunities to enjoy professional sports, attend cultural events, and participate in a wide range of recreational activities, including the world-renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Bordering the university campus is Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., and home to many of the region’s major cultural institutions including the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, and the St. Louis Zoo.
The associate dean and director will be responsible for all activities of the Weston Career Center including employer relations, career advising/career preparation, center operations, and professional development of center staff. Details on these activities are:
- Design and implement marketing campaigns and alumni outreach programs to accomplish an effective, national and global corporate recruiting effort in support of graduating students, students seeking internships, and alumni. (International needs to be a key focus moving forward.)
- Identify and pro-actively build relationships with leading corporate organizations to expand and diversify Olin’s reach nationally, internationally and by industry.
- Attend conferences, facilitate company connections, and enhance the efforts of the business school in support of overall marketing objectives.
- Actively work to maintain and enhance existing corporate relationships through visits and personal outreach.
- Follow-up on leads produced by other entities within and outside the School and University.
- Provide data pertaining to employment intended for use in external brochures, articles and publications.
- Support gaining commitment for various outside speakers and presenters for major program events such as Meet the Firms, student clubs, etc.
- Set policy for and approve all major changes in the WCC’s approach to campus recruitment and pre-recruitment activities.
- Evaluate data and make appropriate operational changes
- Actively participate in facilitating connections between graduate and undergraduate students and alumni, as appropriate.
- Regularly engage with graduate and undergraduate students, student groups and clubs to inspire a close community to support shared goals and initiatives.
II. Career Advising/Career Preparation
- Work closely with associate deans for undergraduate and graduate programs on admissions, program design and curriculum issues to improve the career success of our students.
- Provide general guidance and approve programming/policy recommended by Associate Directors in overall counseling/career preparation plans for students.
- Refine and assist in delivery of the School’s unique career preparation programs for graduate and undergraduate students.
- Assist in advising students and alumni in coordination with career advising teams.
- Maintain an effective advisory and employment opportunities for alumni.
- Work with student groups focused on career development.
- Work with student organizations on all matters relating to careers.
- Create opportunities and take advantage of situations which will allow individual and group interaction with the students.
- Facilitate career education topics through curricular and co-curricular programs and resources.
- Directly supervise the Associate Directors, Career Advising; Associate Director, Operations; and the Associate Director, Employer Relations; and a part-time Administrative Coordinator.
- Provide guidance and set policy to assure efficient, economical and effective operations to accomplish goals dealing with student relations/career education, on-campus interviewing, and business development/marketing programs.
- Represent the WCC with external constituent groups.
- Manage the budget with the approval of the dean. Monitor spending.
- Assiduously seek to achieve greater efficiencies in the employment process.
- Provide strategic direction for online resources and other technology solutions to support students, alumni and employers.
IV. Professional Development
- Remain current on innovations within the profession by regular reading, discussion and conference attendance as budget allows.
- Assure same for direct reports.
- Key liaison with Olin and Wash U stakeholders such as the Center for Educational Leadership and the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation.
- Ensure that all publications created by the WCC issue a consistent message as appropriate for various audiences.
- Liaison with external stakeholders (Mosaic, NBMBAA, NSHMBA, etc.) for the purpose of positioning and sharing best practices.
- Implement and maintain a system for tracking employment statistics at periodic times during the academic year.
- Manage operations within the assigned budget allocations
- Actively participate in professional organization to learn, implement, and disseminate best practices
V. Management Communications Center
- Oversee the Communications Lab Manager and guide the development of and execution of a strategy for MCC to enhance quality and image of programs.
- Ensure the successful delivery of all aspects of the communication lab, including leading team to include lab manager, teaching assistants and consultants, and relevant instructors.
- Ensure coordination between WCC and MCC to help prepare students for job/intern success and help align skills with marketplace and recruiter expectations.
- Provide timely sharing of market intelligence to communication course instructors and curriculum committees for course content adjustments to marketplace feedback.
- Establish operational and financial metrics and adherence to these policies and procedures to ensure operational excellence and financial viability.
Bachelor's Degree and ten or more year’s business experience, including experience in college recruiting/relations or marketing. Five or more years of experience of leading and managing a staff is preferred. Candidates must have strong interpersonal and communication skills. They must listen and collaborate well and possess high emotional intelligence. Strong candidates will be innovative and entrepreneurial, be relationship-driven with a keen interest in building relationships with students, faculty, and potential employers for students, and be strategic with an internal goal for constant improvement and best practices.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Although the search will remain open until the position is filled, review of candidate materials will begin immediately. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described herein, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidates.
Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the university’s consultant, Dr. Jonathan Fortescue of Park Square Executive Search, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Jonathan Fortescue, Ph.D., Managing Partner, or Kat Dorian, Associate, Park Square Executive Search, LLC, 125 Summer Street, 18th Floor, Boston, MA 02110. Phone: 617-401-2985.
Salary is commensurate with experience.